For most of my career I have used a recorder to dictate my writing as I hike trails in mountains or forests (or bike trails or river walks…just about anywhere I want to be). Writing, walking, immersing myself in the story without the “middle man” of the computer and keyboard, makes me much more productive. […]
“As with most first-book poets, the farther Franco gets from himself, the better his work tends to be.” That’s a sentence from David Orr’s review (mixed) in July’s New York Times Book Review of James Franco’s (yes, the movie actor’s) new book of poems. I’m not sure if it’s true or not (I mean of first-book […]
When we study fiction writing, we talk about conflict as a means to plot and we talk about tension being integral to scene and dialogue. So in workshop stories, we see a lot of breakups, a lot of arguments, even the occasional war story. We watch characters deal with death and loss and illness and […]
When does a writer tell stories that repudiate his or her closely held convictions? For any writer, authenticity looms large. Write what I believe, I tell myself. Write to promote admirable aspirations, or to alert readers to perils they ought to avoid (we might call these counter-aspirations). Write to express myself as honestly and sincerely […]
Please join the Piper center in celebrating Michael Ewing’s first novel, Satan’s Gold, which has won first prize in the 2014 Emerging Writers Gateway Contest for best crime fiction! Michael is a candidate in the inaugural YOUR NOVEL YEAR program. Keep on the lookout for both Satan’s Gold and Landfall, the science-fiction novel Michael is currently working on. Once […]
Come on out and join the Department of English for a conversation with National Book Award and Newbery Medal author Cynthia Kadohata! The event is free of charge and open to the public. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 3:30-4:30 p.m., Cowden (COWDN) 203
Star Wars AND Star Trek author Kevin J. Anderson contributes in this installment of the Piper Writers Blog! This is certainly a post to check out. Kevin writes about his rather unconventional, but wholly interesting, intuitive, and potentially life-changing approach to what it means to write. Oh, and it has a cleverly misleading title: "On Being a Dictator." Check it out. You won't regret it!
The Piper Writers Studio offers a variety of classes for writers of all levels, and each course is led by an experienced writer and teacher. Courses are available in-person and online, as one-day workshops, four-week workshops, or six-week Master Classes. Fall 2014 Classes For those interested in de…
Arizona teachers (and those of you who know Arizona teachers),
Our annual conference, "Desert Nights, Rising Stars," counts towards the Professional Development credits Arizona educators need! If you or someone you now is looking for a fun, informative, and easy way to exhaust a huge chunk of Professional Development hours for the year, check out our conference.
Tell your friends (even if they're not teachers) but especially if they are! See you there.
**Note: Our Piper Writers Studios can also count towards Professional Development.
DESERT NIGHTS, RISING STARS CONFERENCE 2015 Thursday-Saturday (2/19 – 2/21) REGISTER HERE! *If you are an Arizona Teacher wishing to receive Professional Development credit for the conference, make sure to fill out this form in addition to registering! Conference Schedule A…
For most of my career I have used a recorder to dictate my writing as I hike trails in mountains or forests (or bike trails or river walks…just about anywhere I want to be).... Continue Reading
“As with most first-book poets, the farther Franco gets from himself, the better his work tends to be.” That’s a sentence from David Orr’s review (mixed) in July’s New York Times Book Review of James... Continue Reading